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Police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) protects mysterious child Piper (Alexa Swinton) from sinister pursuers

Police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) protects mysterious child Piper (Alexa Swinton) from sinister pursuers

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Police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) protects mysterious child Piper (Alexa Swinton) from sinister pursuers

Noah Hawley’s brilliant anthology series Fargo has, like the Coen brothers film that inspired it, provided wonderfully strong roles for women: Kirsten Dunst, Carrie Coon and, most notable of all, Allison Tolman in the first season in 2015.

Tolman, an unknown at the time with no more than a handful of small roles on TV to her name, played the aptly named Molly Solverson, an unassuming but smart deputy who outshines her patronising idiot of a boss (Bob Odenkirk) and cracks a knotty case wide open.

Sharing the screen with such seasoned performers as Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Keith Carradine, Tolman sparkled in a breakout performance.